Fall 2017

Common Hour is held on select Fridays from 12:30-1:30 p.m., during which time no classes or committee meetings are scheduled. Open to Bowdoin students, faculty, and staff. Common Hour statement of purpose.

Additional events may be added to the Fall 2017 program; please check back for news and announcements.

Anand Marri '95, Vice President and Head of Outreach and Education, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Anand Marri '95, Vice President and Head of Outreach and Education, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Friday, October 13
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

"The Importance of Financial Literacy"
Anand Marri currently serves as the highest-ranking officer for education for the Federal Reserve System nationwide and has achieved widespread recognition as an authority on education for young people on economic literacy topics. He also serves as a tenured professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and several chapters, has contributed articles to CNN and The New York Times, and serves on the editorial board of several leading journals. He has received over $5.5 million in grants from organizations such as Carnegie Corporation of NY, Joyce Cowin Foundation, NYS Education Department, Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Spencer Foundation, US Department of Education, and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He earned a PhD at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, an AM at Stanford University, and an AB at Bowdoin College.

Erin O'Shea, President, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Erin O'Shea, President, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Friday, October 27
The Arnold D. Kates Lecture
Kresge Auditorium, Visual arts Center

"How and Why Cells Keep Time: The Cyanobacterial Circadian Clock"
Organisms have evolved ways of keeping track of time so that they can schedule biological activities to take advantage of predictable changes in the environment, such as the alternation between day and night. These timekeepers are found in almost all cells inside our bodies and in other organisms, and are known as “circadian clocks” because they repeat every twenty-four hours – they have a period of approximately 24 hours. Circadian clocks influence many processes, including when we sleep and are awake, our body temperature, and when we eat. And we have all experienced when our circadian clock is not synchronized with the environment – this is the jet lag that occurs when we travel to a different time zone. This year Jeffrey Hall, Mike Young, and Michael Rosbash were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for work they did to identify the parts of the clock – the proteins involved – and how they work together to keep track of time. The single-celled bacterium Synechococcus elongatus is the simplest organism that has a circadian clock. I will describe how the parts of the clock were identified, how they work together to keep time, and the similarities and differences between the bacterial clock and the clock inside our cells.

Erin O’Shea is president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Paul C. Mangelsdorf Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. O’Shea was named an HHMI investigator in 2000, became HHMI’s chief scientific officer in 2013, and became the institute’s president in 2016. Prior to joining HHMI’s leadership team, she spent eight years at Harvard, where she directed the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Center for Systems Biology. O’Shea also served on the faculty of the UC-San Francisco. She earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from MIT and a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Smith College.

O’Shea is known as a leader in the fields of gene regulation, signal transduction, and systems biology. She is currently developing a lab at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has won numerous awards.

Student Music Ensembles

Student Music Ensembles

Friday, December 1
Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall

The final Common Hour of the semester, featuring student musicians from Bowdoin's Department of Music performing a midday concert of classical and jazz offerings.

Wind Quintet, Op. 79        
August Klughardt (1847-1902)
I. Allegro non troppo        
II. Allegro vivace    
III. Andante grazioso
IV. Adagio – Allegro molto vivace    

Emily Licholai ’18, flute; Alex Banbury ’20, oboe; Erin Harris ’20, clarinet; David Morrison ’19, bassoon; Ethan Hill ’21, French horn; Kathleen McNerney, coach

String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36        
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Scherzo – Allegro non troppo
III. Poco Adagio

Anne McKee ’20, violin; Devlin Shea ’18, violin; Benjamin Hoxie ’19, viola; Hanna Renedo ’18, viola; August Posch ’18, cello; Andrew Walter-McNeill ’19, cello; Kirsten Monke, coach

Nica’s Dream
Horace Silver (1928-2014)

Little Sunflower
Freddie Hubbard (1938-2008)

Monk’s Dream
Thelonious Monk (1917-1982)
Noah Eckstein ’21, alto saxophone; Dylan Hayton-Ruffner ’20, tenor saxophone; Will Sheppard ’18, trombone; Dan Mayer ’21, bass; Nick Cattaneo ’21, drums; Jack O’Connor ’21, piano; Titus Abbott, coach